UMass hockey names Bobby Trivigno captain for 2021-22

  • UMass forward Bobby Trivigno was named captain of next year’s Minuteman club. THOM KENDALL/UMASS ATHLETICS

  • UMass forward Bobby Trivigno was named captain of next year’s Minuteman club. AP FILE

Staff Writer
Published: 5/6/2021 6:34:36 PM

Now it’s official.

Bobby Trivigno will captain the UMass hockey team next season for his senior season, the team announced Thursday. He was the Minutemen’s leading scorer, heart and soul during their title runs. Rising juniors Colin Felix and Matthew Kessel will be the assistant captains for the defending national champions.

“I am extremely excited to announce that Bobby Trivigno will deservedly serve as our team captain next season,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said in a release. “Bobby has proven his outstanding leadership qualities through the success he has had over the past three years on and off of the ice. He will be supported by two more exceptional members of our team, Colin Felix and Matt Kessel. The leadership of all three will be essential as our team will attempt to defend both the Hockey East and National championships.”

Trivigno led UMass with 34 points – tied for sixth in the nation – last season as an assistant captain and was named a first-team all-American. He was also the first Minuteman to win the Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The Setauket, N.Y., native scored 11 goals and had 23 assists. He was named the MVP of the Hockey East tournament and the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player.

Felix has appeared in 104 straight games for UMass, every game during his time in Amherst. He had 10 assists last year as part of the team’s top defensive pairing.

Kessel was named a Hockey East third-team all star and had 23 points in 29 games. He tied for fourth in the nation in points by a defenseman. He became the sixth defenseman in program history to score 10 goals in a season.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.
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